LLM in International Legal Studies - International Commercial Arbitration Specialization

The law school's International Legal Studies LLM Program prepares lawyers to meet new international law challenges and become leaders in the global practice of law. The LLM program is intellectually and culturally diverse, and is consistently recognized as one of the top international law programs in the nation.

The specialization in International Commercial Arbitration is designed to educate and train students in the theory and practice of International Commercial Arbitration by focusing on procedural and substantive law issues that arise in the practice of international commercial arbitration, as well as foreseeable future developments.

Taught by leading practitioners in the field, the specialization covers the theory and practice of international commercial arbitration. Students will acquire working knowledge of the legal principles and practical implications underlying international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. Students will learn, among other skills, to negotiate and draft arbitration clauses, claims and responses. They will also learn strategies to perform in arbitration hearings, and key aspects of the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Topics include, among others:

  • Arbitration, litigation and other international dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Institutional and Ad-hoc Arbitration
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • The relation between Arbitration, Human Rights, and Environmental Law
  • lHow to conduct arbitration hearings
  • Choice-of-Law Issues in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Construction Arbitration

Please click here to access a Guide to Student Opportunities in Arbitration

Students interested in specializing in International Commercial Arbitration must complete 12 credits by taking the following courses:

International Commercial Arbitration (LAW 789) -3 credits (spring & fall)
Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) Arbitration (LAW 972) - 2 credits (spring & fall)
International Commercial Arbitration Fundamentals      (LAW 982-001) - 3 credits (fall)
International Litigation & Arbitration (LAW 677) - 3 credits (spring)
Dispute Resolution Involving Sovereigns (LAW 795) - 2 credits (spring)
Investment under Regional Trade Agreements (LAW 953) - 2 credits (fall)
Dispute Resolution under Regional Free Trade Agreements (LAW 954) – 2 credits
International Sales   (LAW-973) – 3 credits
International Law of Foreign Investment (LAW 697-001) – 3 credits

Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the specialized and unique courses offered during the summer. Students are strongly recommended to take the following courses:

Advanced Seminar: Practical Skills and Cross-Examination in International Arbitration (LAW-795) - 1 credit (summer)
International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues (LAW-795) - 1 credit (summer
Salient Issues in ICC Arbitration (LAW-795 - 1 credit (summer)
Settlement of International Trade Disputes (LAW-830) - 3 credits (summer)

Summer Courses in Spanish:

Arbitraje Comercial Internacional     (LAW-795 – 001 – 1 credit (summer)   
Arbitraje Inversionista – Estado (LAW-795 – 018 – 1 credit (summer)
Aspectos Prácticos del Proceso Arbitral                                                            (LAW-795 - 1 credit (summer)

  LLM Writing Requirement:

To qualify for graduation, all LLM candidates must complete a research paper on international commercial arbitration that demonstrates a high degree of skill in legal scholarship.

This requirement can be accomplished through the following opportunities:

  • Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration:
    The Annual Seminar is the Center’s signature event, developed in 2004 to provide insights for handling arbitration cases in an international context.  The Seminar takes place in the fall and was designed to train legal practitioners in the management of cases under the rules of arbitration of the Seminar’s co-sponsoring institutions: the American Arbitration Association, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  Each year, the mock case is conducted under a different set of arbitration rules and covers different scenarios.

Students are strongly advised to participate in the seminar and write a paper on the topic discussed under the supervision of the Center’s faculty.

  • Arbitration Center’s Research Team:
    The Center on International Commercial Arbitration accepts students in the spring and fall to become members of the Center’s research team. As a member of the research team students conduct extensive research under the supervision of the Center’s faculty and produce a paper/comment for potential publication. Students can gain academic credit for this project by following WCL’s independent study guidelines. Students must apply and be accepted to be part of the team. The Center contacts selected candidates in December and May.                                 

For more information about the LLM Specialization in International Commercial Arbitration and the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) please click here.